Friday, 21 November 2014

MANAGING EXAM STRESS: 1. Before the exam

It helps to feel as well prepared as possible. As well as thinking about the subjects that you are
revising, it can be useful to pay attention to practical aspects of the exam. Find out where it is scheduled to take place and how long it will take to get there. It’s a good idea to go and look at the room/building so that it feels more familiar. Make sure you know the rules and regulations on what you can take in to the exam room.


During WW11, researchers found that soldiers who mentally and physically prepared themselves for battle by vividly rehearsing in their minds what was about to occur in combat, experienced relatively little battle stress compared to those soldiers who went into battle without prior mental rehearsal. Rehearse the whole process in your mind, from you waiting outside with other students to you completing the paper and handling it in feeling satisfied.


This article was written by Cindy Dring of Student's Services Health Promotion. If you have problems or worries you feel you would like to talk about confidentially, contact Cindy at 091-492048. Alternatively e-mail her at or just drop in to Aras Ni Eimhigh.

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